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Hasbro Family Game Night (Wii)

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Genre: Arcade & Platform / Video Game for Nintendo Wii / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2008-11-21 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      14.02.2011 17:50
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      a great modern twist on the original board game favourites

      We purchased this game for a Christmas present for our almost teenage son when it came out a couple of years ago thinking that it was predominantly aimed at children due to the style of the front cover (which is slightly different to the one shown) and because we assumed that the gsame play would be quite simple.

      The Games:
      A boardgame compilation based on the original family favourites which include; Connect 4, Sorry, Battleship, Boggle, Yahtzee and Sorry Sliders (a new version of the game Sorry)

      Game Play:
      Presented by none other than children's classic Mr Potato Head optional modes allow you to play either individually or as a group. Each player can set up an account with options to customise their own graphic themes including music and location background.

      Player incentives include trophies and collectable objects ranging from posters, slippers, mugs and table lamps to name a few but you don't just win games to achieve them. Incentives can be obtained a number of ways. High scores, longest game, longest word, throwing doubles etc which means that all players will be able to pick up incentives and trophies regardless of their play ability. Altogether there are around 66 (approximately) trophies and incentives to collect, some harder than others to obtain!

      All games can be played in the traditional way much like the board games or additional play options allow you to use options like power ups for Boggle that allow chips to explode or award extra points or Salvo mode in Battleship that allows you to make a hit for every boat you still have left per turn unlike standard play that will only allow you one hit per turn thus making the game last longer. Players can customise games by changing the difficulty levels and placing time limits on games.

      Party mode comprises of a selection of quick fire mini games by mixing and matxching either all six games or just your chosen selection. Games last a under a minute and the games played in this mode are different from those in the standard play. they are fast paced and most of them quite fun.

      Individual player and full player statistics are automatically updated keeping a log of how many games played, highest scores and trophies won to name a few.

      Other Information:
      Publisher: Electronic Arts
      Original Release Date: Novemebr 2008
      Age: Three years +

      My review:
      This is a great game that everyone in the family can enjoy regarless of age although I think the starting age of three years may be slightly optamistic on some of the games like yahtzee and Boggle it doesnt mean that the younger members cant join in even if they dont fully understand some aspects of game play.
      The game format is very easy to follow and there is plenty to keep everyone occupied. Suitable for all kinds of mixed abilities so you dont naturally have to be very good or adept at playing video games to enjoy and take part. The incentives and trophies are made more interesting for everyone to obtain because they dont just award for high scores and skill. The overall game is addictive and great family fun. I should imagine that if these style of board to video games take off then there will be a lot of dusty old games tucked away in the back of our cupboards!
      Personally this game can never fully replicate the board games but because it is on the wii it means the older children are more likely to take part where as (my son is a prime example) wouldnt play some of these games in their original board game format!
      Of course the other added bonus is that it dosent cost as much as all the board games of you were to buy individually and it takes up significantly less space!

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      07.07.2010 09:42
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      Games Night is a fun, lightheart piece of family entertainment.

      This is a surprisingly addictive little game, considering it's full of old games you used to have. But it can also be pretty annoying.

      The games available are: Battleship, Yahtzee, Sorry, Connect 4, Sliders & Boggle. They're all a good laugh to be honest. I mean, the games are mostly luck, but still fun to play. And they have variations on the originals. For example, you can play Battleship with 'super-weapons'. This means that you get the chance to take out not only the standard square, but the ones around it as well. But it's a bit random, and I can't figure out how you get these weapons.... But beware of boggle! When you miss words like 'sed', you begin to question why you're playing it. Oh, and playing the computer is frustrating! You don't stand a chance! Yahtzee is good though, and it's about the only one I'd say you can play alone.

      To be honest, this is a pretty basic game. It's old family favourites, and it's really only any good playing with the family. It's one of those games for time's there's nothing on TV and everyone is bored. It kills a bit of time, but there's not enough depth to it to have a 'games night' of your own using this alone. It's lighthearted fun, with an emphasis on leveling the playing field; everyone has a chance of winning if you all play together!

      Would I recommend this? Yes, I would. Just don't set your expectations too high. It's easy to use, and simple to play. And, as I say, it's lighthearted fun for all the family!

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      30.12.2009 18:48

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      Great fun for all the family

      I recieved this as a surprise present for Christmas from my husband.

      The games are lots of fun, with six retro games in total, some familar others less so but you will probably have heard of most of them even if you havent played them. They include Connect 4, Sorry, Yatzee, Battleships, Sliders and Boggle. They are really easy to learn and interactive with the Wii remote being used in lots of different ways.

      The great thing about the game is that you can play with others but you can still have lots of fun on your own. For example games like Boggle are really great for upping your word power. I think it would be enjoyable to play if you had friends round as the games are quick and you can play in a tournament mode.

      Mr Potato head reactions when you score are really funny and add a spot of humour to proceedings however it is a shame that you cannot interact with him that would be fun!

      When you are playing you get awarded lots of trophies which introduces a competative element and keeps you playing, although I think I would probably still play when my trophy cabinet (which you can visit) is full.

      Great value and really enjoyable -one to add to your Wii collection

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      30.07.2009 19:51
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      A fun distraction from the real games, great for casual players

      Electronic Arts, a leading developer and publisher of games an Hasbro, a creator of toy and games. What happens if we put them together? We get Hasbro Family Game Night!

      *First Impressions*

      This game strikes me as a childrens game, so its a great game for kids if you have any. Its also great for adults that just want to play a quick board game. Theres a whole selection of family favourites such as Battleship and Scrabble, kids will be fascinated to see their favorite cartoon characters such as Mr Potato Head.

      7/10

      *What time of game is Hasbrow Family Game Night?*

      Its basically a collection of chilhood favourite games which include Battleships, Yahtzee, Connect Four, Sorry, Boggle etc.

      -Connect Four : Connect Four is great for kids or casual gamers that dont enjoy long games but quick and simple games. The game is very, very easy to grasp and I would say that its a basic level game which is not very challenging at all. Therefore, it may get a bit boring after a while. 5/10

      -Scrabble: Scrabble has to be one of the most widely played games around the whole world. In Hasbrow Family Game night, you get to play with others through a local multiplayer mode, which is quite useless because other players can see which letters you have because its al on the same screen. Therefore, that really does take away some points from this game. 7/10

      -Yahtzee: Ive never really played this game in real life, but found getting the hang of it quite easy after a while. The aim of Yahtzee is to complete a scorecard with dice combinations. I feel that this game requires luck mostly and not really strategy. I like how your given the ability to roll the dice though, it increases the interaction of the player with the game. 6/10

      *Overall*

      Overall, I feel that this game is a played down version of all the board games and can be quite repetitive sometimes, However, if you do have someone to play with. It'll be really fun and varied. I would neither recommend nor not recommen this game. But i would say its not really worth all the money if you dont like all the board games.

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